Saturday, October 24, 2009

NIE Rethink

A landmark U.S. intelligence assessment in 2007 concluded that any secret uranium-processing activities "probably were halted" in 2003 and had not been restarted. Other key judgments of the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate, including the view that Iran has suspended research on nuclear-warhead design, are also being reevaluated in light of new evidence, the two former officials said.

"Qom changed a lot of people's thinking, especially about the possibility of secret military enrichment" of uranium, said one of the former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the assessments remain classified.

It'd be kinda sad if the conclusion that Iran had halted nuclear warhead design, seen by some as a more reasonable and rational conclusion, based on the lack of demonstrable facts, and thus assumed superior to the intelligence estimates of WMDs in Iraq, was also horribly wrong.

1 comment:

Withywindle said...

Who besides the terminally silly took the 2007 estimate seriously? - granting that "terminally silly" is a large proportion of the world.

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